Monday, November 20, 2017
Miles from the Mainstream
D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

Some Reflections on Political Realities

November 5, 2017 --

It is now one year since the voters cast ballots leading to the election of Donald J. Trump as president of the United States. And, in view of the anger resulting from the election, on the part of the left and establishment Republicans (who wanted a third President Bush, apparently), it seems that the matter is yet to be settled.

Indeed, LPR doubts that the Never Trumpers of left, along with their GOP allies, will ever accept President Donald J. Trump.

The New York Times, October 27, reported that Sen. Lindsey Graham, once a Trump critic, has become a friend, advising the president -- and playing gold with him. The article, however, quoted Never Trumper Peter Wehner as sayng that Sen. Graham "'Deep in his heart, must know that Donald Trump is fundamentally unfit to be president, and he has to pretend that Trump is. And when you engage in a game like that, there's often a cost to it.'" This Times story also mentioned the sharp criticism of the president from Tennessee's Republican Senator Bob Corker and Arizona's Republican Senator Jeff Flake. Both Corker and Flake are retiring from the Senate.

It might be worth pointing out that Trump won Arizona with 48.1 percent of the vote (1,252, 401) defeating Hillary Clinton who won 44.6 percent of the vote (1,161,167.) Trump trounced Clinton in Tennessee, 60.7 percent (1,522, 925) to 34.7 percent (870, 695). In being anti-Trump, Corker and Flake seem to be going going against the political grain of their voters.

Indeed, the Times article quoted Sen. Graham as saying that President Trump is "'very popular in my state'...". Trump defeated Clinton in South Carolina, getting 54.9 percent of the vote (1,55,389) to Clinton's 40.7 percent of the vote (855,373.)

Never Trumpers who continue to challenge the election of President Trump, ignore the fact that the president, in winning a significant Electoral College majority -- 394 - 227, with 7 electors voting for others, won the popular vote in 30 of our 50 states. (And but for the Caifornia and New York vote totals, Trump would have received a majority of the popular vote, as well.) LPR has a hunch that had Trump won a resounding popular vote victory, the Never Trumpers would still be looking for ways and means to nullify the 2016 presidential election. Never Trumpers as are not only angry; they are very bitter. For as long as Trump is president, they will continue to decry himn as unfit for office. And clearly, Democrats are hoping that voters will give them majorities in House and Senate to lead to the impeachment of the president and his removal from office. The basic charge: a populist is now president.